Leo Padron believes that a good watch is one that stands the test of time.
Padron’s hobby of restoring watches — beginning with his grandfather’s, which he still wears — became the Padron Watch Company in 2011. The northeast Minneapolis–based maker of timepieces rose to notoriety when Padron launched a Kickstarter in 2012 and raised $100,000 to bring his first design, the Vuelta, to market. Since then, Padron has completed two more successful Kickstarter campaigns and now sells his small collection of sleek timepieces — which run between $255 and $659 each — on the company’s website.
Each Padron watch is hand-assembled using materials like sapphire crystal and medical-grade steel. Clear casebacks allow the wearer to see the inner workings of the timepiece.
Released last year, the Tessera model is a 25-jewel automatic watch that uses the wearer’s body motion for winding power and has enough stamina to last two days even while not being worn.
This year’s Hennepin model boasts minimal lines, an elegant design, and sapphire optics with anti-reflective coating to ensure glare-free viewing under all lighting conditions. The Hennepin is also available with an optional Snow Emergency logo caseback — it doesn’t get much more Minnesotan than that.
The owner and president of Vistabule, Bert Taylor, loved old-fashioned trailers, and after a friend told him to Google “teardrop trailers,” he found his calling. Taylor calls the traditional teardrop trailer “small, claustrophobic coffins.” So he set out to create one that was welcoming, the type of space people would want to live in.
For children, the doctor’s office is often a scary place where they get poked, prodded and stuck with needles. Pedia Pals is working to change that. The company is co-owned by Amanda Powell, CEO and former U.S. Air Force captain, and CFO Jonathan Powell, who is also an Air Force veteran.